A CNBC reporter since 1990, Bob Pisani has reported on Wall Street and the stock market from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange for more than a decade. Pisani covered the real estate market for CNBC from 1990-1995, then moved on to cover corporate management issues before moving to the New York Stock Exchange in 1997.
He was nominated twice for a "CableACE Award"—in 1993 and 1995.
Prior to joining CNBC, Pisani co-authored "Investing in Land: How to Be a Successful Developer." He and his father taught a course in real estate development at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania from 1987-1992. Pisani learned the real estate business from his father, Ralph Pisani, a retired real estate developer.
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The Street has been making this distinction for months, and it is now accelerating. For example, look at some of the smaller regional banks that have less exposure to construction/real estate than others, and how they have performed in the last year:
Wall Street has fretted that it does not know how to value many derivative assets because they trade so rarely. We are now about to find out, assuming Lehman begins a liquidation of assets.
Futures were dropping even before the disappointing economic news, despite the talk of a Lehman bailout [facilitation, takeover]. It's not rallying because 1) the Street figured out that these events do not stop the drop in the markets;
Both Lehman and Merrill dropped notably in the last half hour. Lehman traded north of 450 m shares today, a record, down 41 percent. Merrill traded around $20 most of the day, but then slid below $20 in the last half hour as well, down 17 percent on 145 m shares, 3 times normal.
Merrill Lynch analyst Guy Moszkowski has changed his rating on Lehman from "neutral" to "no opinion." Morgan Stanley said that while they were maintaining their research coverage on Lehman, they are removing their ratings and price targets "due to heightened market uncertainty."
Want to see how fast things are moving? Why Dick Fuld probably has the feeling that events are spinning out of his control? Mike Mayo is one of the senior bank analysts on Wall Street. Sunday night the Deutsche Bank analyst had a Buy on Lehman with a $32 price target.
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